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  • July 21, 2014
    Odorous House Ants Causing A Stink in PA

    What’s in a name? Apparently a lot especially when it comes to Odorous House Ants. These pests give off a strong, coconut-like scent when they are crushed, and are incredibly difficult to get rid of once they have started a colony, and in areas like West Chester and eastern Pennsylvania, homeowners are seeing a ton of them.

    We recently met up with Curtis Pratt, Western’s Residential Termite Supervisor of the Newtown Square branch, who said he’s been getting a lot of calls from homeowners who are seeing these pests in their kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and throughout the exterior of their home.

    These pests’ colonies can range from 100-10,000” in size, and the longer you wait to take action, the larger the population will get, making it a matter of weeks before the area can be cleared.

    Odorous house ants can creep into exposed soil and cracks in walls, hide underneath sinks, and gather throughout your kitchen wherever they can find leftover crumbs, sweets, or spilled drinks.  They can even make nests in piles of leaves in your gutters, creating a path for them to run across your roof and get inside.

    Mayfield warns against using hardware store DIY treatments, though, because products like Raid and other sprays can splinter colonies and spread them out, making the problem exponentially worse.

    If you have an odorous house ant issue, contact a professional who can treat for these pests inside and out – along the perimeter of your home, and prevent them from getting inside in the first place.

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